Like clockwork dozens of racers from all over the mid-west and some parts of the far western United States descend on the small town of Crandon, Wisconsin on Labor Day weekend for what are known as the “World Championships.” Thousands of families pack up RV’s, trailers or even the trunk of their cars to watch some of the greatest racing in short-course history. Spending Labor Day weekend in Crandon can be compared to tailgating at the Superbowl.
People line the streets of Crandon to watch the annual parade that kicks off the weekend’s events.
Race vehicles parade to the “Big House”.
Camping at Crandon is a family tradition. Camping spots can sell out the day they go on sale.
EVENTS OF THE WEEKEND
Crandon’s “World Championships” weekend always kicks off with a parade down Main street that features local high-school bands, local social clubs and of course some the racers that will take to the track during the weekend. It’s a chance to get autographs from their favorite driver, take photos and see the race vehicles up close. Kids line the streets as parade floats go by and some on the floats will throw candy onto the street. Once the main parade has finished, race trucks line downtown Crandon in their own parade to the nearby Crandon International Raceway. The vehicles rumble into the race track and the anticipation is high. This is the first time during the weekend rubber will meet dirt! It won’t be long before practice is underway and drivers get that all to familiar feeling of Crandon speed through their bodies.
Drivers get that “Crandon Speed” feeling every time they hit the track.
Young prodigy C.J. Greaves edged out Keegan Kincaid to win the Pro-2 championship by 3 points.
CJ Greaves raced his inaugural year in the Pro-4.
TORC SEASON CHAMPIONS
Fall Crandon was the end of the 2015 TORC season and there were championships on the line. Young prodigy C.J. Greaves made short-course history as the only driver to secure both a Pro-2 and Pro-4 Championship in the same season in the TORC Series. Greaves had his work cut out for him in the Pro-2 class edging out Keegan Kincaid by just 3 points. This was the inaugural year for Greaves in the Pro-4 and it’s obvious his track experience paid off. In Pro-Light Doug Mittag cruised to an easy championship over Luke Johnson. Mittag has a handful of wins this season which helped to secure the championship. This is the first career Pro-Light championship in the TORC series for Mittag. Mittag also got his first career Pro-2 win during the Charlotte race. Mittag is expected to be a top contender to once again watch during the 2016 season.
CJ Greaves is the only driver in the TORC series to secure both a Pro-2 and Pro-4 championship in the same season.
Cam Reimers takes a win at Crandon in Pro Light.
Doug Mittag won his first career Pro Light championship in TORC for 2015.
FORTY-SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS
Kyle Leduc came out from the west coast last year and dominated the Pro-4 class claiming last year’s $45,000 check and a collectible .45 shotgun. Leduc who had been unstoppable with 12 consecutive wins in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro-4 class was back in Crandon to continue his winning streak. Leduc would win Saturday’s Pro-4 race with ease, but Sunday, Leduc was not as successful. During the last round of TORC Pro-4 racing Leduc would get collected with Johnny Greaves, severely damaging his truck. Whether the contact was intentional would be the discussion throughout the pits. Leduc fixed his truck for the Cup race but had to pull off the track early ending his chances for a repeat Cup win. C.J. Greaves wasted no time navigating through a field of Pro-2’s that were started several seconds in front of him. As the laps ticked away Greaves made his way to the front. Chad Hord put a ton of pressure on Greaves. The last couple of laps Hord was almost on Greaves bumper. On the last turn Greaves had just enough drive to take the checkered flag ahead of Hord for the Cup Win. Greaves won in 2013 after a fierce battle with his dad Johnny. That time the young prodigy was in a Pro-2.
Luke Johnson finished 2nd in series points for 2015.
Kyle Leduc came back to Crandon in hopes of a repeat Cup win.
On altercation during Sunday’s final Pro-4 race between Johnny Greaves and Kyle Leduc would be the talk in the pits.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
The TORC series will have new owners for the 2016 season. Utah based Mountain Sports International is taking over the series. The schedule was announced during SEMA in Las Vegas with a new track being built in Elk River, Minnesota. There is one sure shot. Labor Day racing at Crandon will be on every Midwest racers 2016 schedule. We already know the dates. It’s been happening Labor Day weekend for 46 years. It truly is the Superbowl of shortcourse off-road racing.
CJ Greaves races to a 2nd career Cup win.
CJ Greaves celebrates his Amsoil Cup win.